ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS Ontario Announces Tougher Air Standards

ONTARIO Last week the Ontario Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky unveiled the province's new five-point plan t...
ONTARIO Last week the Ontario Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky unveiled the province's new five-point plan to reduce industrial air pollution. The program is part of the plan to meet standards for particulate matter and ozone that the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment agreed to achieve by 2010.

The five points are:
1) apply nitrogen oxide (NOX) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) limits to more industrial sectors;
2) reduce NOX and SO2 limits further in future years;
3) tough new standards for 29 pollutants including carcinogens and toxins;
4) updating air dispersion models; and
5) implementing a faster, risk-based approach to setting new air standards.

More details about Ontario's plan for clean air are available at www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/air/airquality/clap.htm.

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